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Chinese Lantern Seeds

Heirloom

#1186
3.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Chinese lantern, also known as winter cherry, is a very popular plant for dried arrangements, and for good reasons—brilliant color, unique shape, easy to grow, and long-lasting. A striking backdrop to fall/winter decorations, as well as late summer color for borders, beds, and containers. Though perennial in USDA zones 3–9, it is often grown as an annual because it heartily spreads by self-sowing or by underground roots. Caution: Most parts of this plant are toxic if ingested.
$1.89 150 mg (~70 seeds)

Botanical Name: Physalis alkekengi

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Asia and Europe

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3-9

Plant Dimensions: 12"–24" tall

Variety Information: Flowers are small, white and star-shaped, with calyces that enlarge and change from green to red-orange in late summer/fall

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Cut Flower

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, or in summer up to 2 months before your average first fall frost date.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 20–25 days

Seed Depth: ⅛"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"–18"

Thinning: When 4" tall, thin to 12"–18" apart

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Chinese Lantern Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Chinese Lantern

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2018
I love these flowers! Their so unique, but also filled with beauty
Ryan Manning from MA

A+

5 out of 5 stars May 15, 2020
I am very impressed with the quality of the seeds and the professional service provided by Botanical Interests. The unusual collection of plants at affordable prices makes you my "go to" for experiments with what will grow in my area.
alice from SC

Review for Chinese Lantern Seeds

1 out of 5 stars Jan 16, 2021
Will not grow outside in Houston, TX. Tried 2 times with started in AC environment and then transferred October direct to good outside soil in half sun & shade with careful watering.
Brett Babbitt from TX
Owner Response: A few of your reviews indicate seedlings died once they were transplanted. There may be a few things you can do to help seedlings transition outdoors successfully. Harding off is very important for acclimating seedlings to outdoor conditions where sunlight and temperature swings are much harsher. This transition period ensures seedlings adjust and are not stressed or subjected to sunburn or other damage. You have also mentioned that conditions may have been too wet. Planting into a raised bed or mound helps soil drain better and adding organic material also helps soil improve drainage. Seeds contain energy and genetic material to grow a seedling to the point that it can make its own food through photosynthesis using soil nutrients, water, and sunlight. When we experience issues after seeds have germinated we look to environmental issues that are unfavorable. Please don't hesitate to contact us for help troubleshooting growing issues.

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